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Old 11-06-2005, 05:54 PM   #1
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Default Hard Lemonade Recipe Wanted

Not sure just where to post this so i'll try here!

Anyone got a good recipe for hard Lemonade using fresh Lemons/Lime, Sugar (of whatever form) and yeast?

There used to be an Aussy drink sold in the UK called 'Two Dogs'. This was allegedly 'brewed' and that's what i'm trying to emulate rather than just alcohol spirit added to fruit juice.

Any ideas?

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Old 11-06-2005, 08:02 PM   #2
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I've had Two Dogs before--- it even made it here to the states before it got buried by Mike's Hard Lemonade.

http://www.twodogs.com/

http://www.mikeshardlemonade.com/splash.html

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Old 11-06-2005, 09:17 PM   #3
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Cheers Jason!

I know those two links and they try and play on the (in my best TV Advert voice) "Great for parties!...." route.

I'm definately after the Lemon Brew rather than 'Alcopops' route appealing to underage kids.

Anyone got a Recipe that comes close?

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Old 11-06-2005, 10:43 PM   #4
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I found this at SleezySherm.com

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I made up my first malt beverage of the season - hard lemonade.

It's a really easy recipe:
1lb sugar
3.3lbs light malt extract (dry) OR 4.125lbs of light liquid extract
6 cans of frozen minute maid lemonade mix (or any other high quality lemonade mix)

Boil the sugar and malt for about 30 minutes in 2 gallons of water.
Transfer to your fermenter and add the cans of lemonade.
Fill with cold water till you hit 5 gallons of wort.
Pitch yeast - whatever ale yeast you've got will work, you won't really taste the yeast flavor compounds over the lemonade.

That's it. Prime and bottle like normal.

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Don't use a cheap lemonade concentrate, shell out the extra 50 cents for the good stuff.

Let the lemonade age 3-4 weeks in the bottles, it will come out very sour but age nicely.

Don't think about using this recipe for making pink lemonade - I was way ahead of you and it's undrinkable. I never tried limeade though, feel free to try that yourself.
havent tried it yet, but definetly want to get a few batches going for this summer
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I found this, havent tried it yet, but definetly want to get a few batches going for this summer
Cheers Pumbaa - but herein lies the problem with the recipe you suggested

6 cans of frozen minute maid lemonade mix (or any other high quality lemonade mix)

Where's the real lemon? Come on - use real lemons please!
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1 cup real lemon juice + 1 cup table sugar = 1 can of concentrate = 2 quarts of leamonade. . . .

I never buy canned stuff when I make leamonade at home and was planning on using REAL Lemon instead (REAL Lemon the brand name, not capped to emphisize)

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Here you go:

http://www.liquorcraft.com.au/wa.asp...&idDetails=105

And here:

http://www.stoutbillys.com/stout/rec...)/0154198F.htm

Nearly the same.

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Perhaps an adaptation of this recipe: Lemon Melomel sounds interesting.

http://www.stoutbillys.com/stout/rec...)/26B6AD02.htm

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I'll make notes of all those recipes for the future.

I think ScottT's find http://www.stoutbillys.com/stout/rec...)/0154198F.htm sounds closest (with a few little adaptations) but Pumbaa's find, from http://www.SleezySherm.com could be interesting too (with real lemon juice and zest).

Thanks Guys! I knew i could rely on your help!

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